Huchuy Qosqo Peru Trek is a lesser known trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco.This is the shortest trek to Machu Picchu. The archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo Cusco played an important role during the rule of the Inca empire.
Earlier it was called Kakya Qawani, in the 20th century it was named Huchuy Qosqo.
Huchuy Qosqo in Quechua means Little Cusco. It was built as a royal estate by the eighth Inca emperor Viracocha. The Incas did not practise the tax system, instead they imposed something called Mitma. Under this system they controlled the land and labour.
This helped the Inca rulers to acquire more lands and pass down in the line of succession. Later during his rule, Emperor Viracocha faced a revolt from the Cancha people. Fearing his life, he took asylum in Huchuy Qosqo and handed the throne to his son, Pachacutec.
Pachacutec in turn put down the revolt and dethroned his father and became the new Inca emperor. Huchuy Qosqo Peru saw rapid development under Pachacutec’s rule.
The Inca site nestles on a hilltop overlooking the Sacred Valley of Incas. The trek is less popular as compared to Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek. Because of this, it is less crowded and you will mostly have the sites to yourself.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek also gives you an insight to the life of the Andean community living in the high altitude villages. They have preserved their customs and traditions and continue to converse in Quechua.
You will also get to see many Andean Camelids – Llamas and Alpacas.
This is a high altitude trek. It is highly recommended that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Huchuy Qosqo is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. It is best to experience this three day trip during the dry season – between March and November.
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Cusco Airport Transfer
At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, in our private transport, we will be driving you to Tambomachay. It is an archaeological site just outside the city of Cusco. We will begin the three day Huchuy Qosqo hike here.
We will begin hiking gradually up the hill through a beautiful trail to Sicllaccasa Pass. it nestles at 4020 metres above sea level (13186 feet). Most part of the trail will be through Ccauca ravine. Here you will be able to see some archaeological remains.
From the Sicllaccasa Pass, we will be descending to Queullococha Pass at 4185 metres (13727 feet) above sea level. This pass offers captivating views of the snow capped peaks of Verónica, Pitusiray and Chicón mountains of Urubamba mountain range.
We will then hike through Lake Queullococha. Here you will be able to spot the Andean goose, ducks among other birds. From here, we will hike up to Challu Challu pass (4220m / 13842ft). From here, we will get to see Chinchero plains and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons.
Then we will climb to the fourth pass to Rumicruz (4230m / 13874ft). From here, we will hike to the Inca Quarry from where the stones were transported to Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we will descend to the Pucamarca community at (4010m / 13153ft). Here we will be reaching by afternoon.
We will be camping here for the night.
After breakfast, we will leave the campsite at 0700 AM to Huchuy Qosqo complex. We will be hiking down the hill towards Leon Punku ravine. Here we will be able to see the remains of an Inca bridge. The canyon here features geological formations that are surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that lead the river to Huchuy Qosqo at (3600m / 11808ft).
Our tour guide will give you a detailed tour of the complex. After the Huchuy Qosqo Tour, we will hike for two hours to Taucca. You will be able to see the village of Lamay at a distance. Here we will be stopping for lunch.
We will be taking our transport here for a drive to Ollantaytambo train station. You will be boarding the tourist train to Aguas Calientes town. Our representative will meet you and will accommodate you in an ensuite hotel room for the night.
After relishing an early morning breakfast, we will be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. Once at the entrance of the citadel, our representative will be meeting you and will be assisting you in entering the citadel.
As you will be walking into the citadel, the clouds would be clearing by as the golden rays of the sun would shimmer on the walls of the citadel.
Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the citadel for two hours. During the you, you will be visiting some of the important parts of the citadel like the ceremonial centre, main plaza, house of the priests and more.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trail head.
After you finish your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.
Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you and will transfer you back to the hotel in Cusco.